There are many people in this world who have staunch faith in God, while there are others who doubt His existence. Doubt about God is basically a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality or distrust of the existence of God. In spiritualism doubt is just the opposite of the Faith. Faith in God as the Supreme reality is the essence of any religion. If you have doubt in the existence of God & do not consider Him the all powerful one, who has created this universe & it’s creation, then you are not the Faithful one.
Faith makes our perceptions & beliefs. If you have Faith & believe in religious scriptures, words of a saint, then you are able to turn toward the God. It’s Faith only which determines how you can mould your life. Here is a small story which explains the virtues of faith:
“Once upon a time there used to live four monks in a hermitage with their master. Three of the monks always used to spend all of their time in debating and talking about the existence of God & all types of intellectual pursuits. Fourth one was a simple man who had great faith in God & always used to sweep the floors of the temple. At the end, this simple man got enlightenment first. At this the intellectual monks asked their master, how come the simple man got enlightenment first? At that their master responded, “When he was sweeping the temple floor, he was also sweeping the corners of his mind of all doubts”. His firm faith in God without any doubt is the reason that he is able to attain to enlightenment first.”
If you do not have faith in God then you cannot believe in the words of God. Such a doubting person cannot find peace in life & cannot attain to the Divine consciousness. Doubting soul finds happiness neither in this world nor in the next, while the faithful one’s attain peace & reach to God easily. Below verse of Bhagwat Gita explains that only.
“ajnas chasraddadhanas cha
nayam loko ’sti na paro
na sukham samsayatmanah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 40)
“Sri Krishna said: But ignorant and faithless human beings who doubt the revealed scriptures, do not attain to the God consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.”
Below verses of Bhagwat Gita describe the virtues of Faith:
jnana-nirdhuta-kalmasah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Five verse 17)
“Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: When one’s Intelligence, Mind, Faith and refuge are all fixed in the God, then one becomes fully cleansed of misgivings through complete knowledge and thus proceeds straight on the path of liberation.”
“yoginam api sarvesam
shraddhavan bhajate yo mam
sa me yuktatamo matah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Six verse 47)
“Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: And of all yogis, the one with great Faith, who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me—he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion.”
So let’s have Faith in God & do not doubt about the existence of God. It shall be Good if you have Faith in the words of a saint or in religious books than denying the fact that billions of people on earth, believe in God, pray daily for God & find peace of mind in God. So just proudly say, “Yes, I believe in God”.
Soul, Spirit, Atman, Self etc. are words which are used to define subtle nature of ourselves which is invisible & mysterious. But if you say that Give me a proof for the existence of this Soul, how can it be given? Here below is how we can understand this invisible & mysterious Soul.
We in our daily life generally say that, “My Body”, “My Mind”, “My Senses or Indriyas”, “My Pranas”, etc. When you address these things as “My” that clearly means that your true Self, the Soul or Atman is entirely different from the Body, the Mind, the Prana and the Senses. The Body & Mind are your servants or instruments. They are as much outside of your true Self, Soul as these outside things as your home, car, bed etc. You are holding this body just as you are holding a long walking stick in your hand. Your true Self, the Soul is the possessor or proprietor of this body. The body is your property or possession. The body, the senses, the mind, etc. are not the Soul, Self or Atman, but belong to it.
Soul is something which is within this body & something which can exist without this body. When soul lives in this physical body then it enjoys the different sensory objects through this body. Soul is indestructible & immortal. It moves from one body to the other. As we are not able to see this Soul due to it’s subtle nature so it looks mysterious to us.
Now let’s understand about the Soul through the Bhagwat Gita. As per Bhagwat Gita both God (Super soul) and the Individual Souls do exist & It also believes in the incarnation of the individual souls, their delusion and bondage to the cycle of births and deaths because of desire ridden actions. As per this, Soul at death gets released from this body, rises to the higher worlds (heaven etc.) or to the lower wombs (animals, birds etc.) & reincarnates or return to the earth to continue its cycle of births and deaths.
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman, is indestructible and eternal (Chapter 2.18).
“antavanta ime deha
tasmad yudhyasva bharata” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 18)
“Sri Krishna said: All these bodies pertaining to the indestructible, immeasurable and eternal living entity / soul are spoken of as perishable; therefore, fight, Arjuna.”
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman, neither slays not can it be slain (Chapter 2.19).
“ya enam vetti hantaram
yas chainam manyate hatam
ubhau tau na vijanito
nayam hanti na hanyate” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 19)
“Sri Krishna said: They are both ignorant, he who knows the soul to be capable of killing and he who takes it as killed; for verily the soul neither kills, nor is killed.”
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman, is never born, never dies and after coming into existence never ceases to be. It is nitya (always), shasvatah (permanent) and purana (very ancient) (Chapter 2.20).
“na jayate mriyate va kadacin
nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato ’yam purano
na hanyate hanyamane sarire” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 20)
“Sri Krishna said: The soul is never born nor dies at any time. Soul has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. Soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. Soul is not slain when the body is slain.”
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman, does not suffer & cannot be tainted. At the time of death it does not die, but leaves the body and enters into a new one (Chapter 2.22).
“vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya
navani grhnati naro ’parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany
anyani samyati navani dehi” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 22)
“Sri Krishna said: As a human being puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.”
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman has the properties that Weapons cannot pierce it, fire cannot burn it, water cannot moisten it and wind cannot dry it (Chapter 2.23).
“nainam chindanti shastrani
nainam dahati pavakah
na chainam kledayanty apo
na sosayati marutah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 23)
“Sri Krishna said: The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.”
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman, is impenetrable, incombustible, all pervading, stable and immobile (Chapter 2.24).
“acchedyo ’yam adahyo ’yam
akledyo ’sosya eva cha
nityah sarva-gatah sthanur
achalo ’yam sanatanah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 24)
“Sri Krishna said: This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same.”
According to Bhagwat Gita, the Soul, or Atman, is invisible, imperceptible and immutable (Chapter 2.25).
“avyakto ’yam acintyo ’yam
avikaryo ’yam ucyate
tasmad evam viditvainam
nanusocitum arhasi” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 25)
“Sri Krishna said: It is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body.”
Lord Krishna knew the limitations of human consciousness to gauge the true nature of the inner soul. So in the Bhagwat Gita it concurs that no one can exactly know what a soul is. Someone looks at It with great surprise, another speaks about It with great surprise, some another hears about It with incredulity and yet another after hearing about It knows it not (Chapter 2.29).
“ascharya-vat pasyati kascid enam
ascharya-vad vadati tathaiva chanyah
ascharya-vac chainam anyah srnoti
srutvapy enam veda na chaiva kascit” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 29)
“Sri Krishna said: Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all.”
So in this way Soul is a Mysterious thing & can be understood if you have faith in God & in religious scriptures.
There is a very common story that once, a Lion’s cub was raised among the lambs from the start of his birth. That Lion’s cub when grew up, always thought himself to be a lamb only. Many times, that Lion was told about his true nature that he is the king among the animals but he always thought himself to be a lamb only. So, that Lion was an ignorant one, as he believed himself to be someone different than his true self.
In another story there was a tribal man who lived in a remote jungle area & was unaware of the modern day developments like Cars, Airplanes etc. He used to move around on his horse. One day someone gave him a modern day car having 150 horsepower (HP) engine. As he was unaware of, what was a car & how it moved, he put two horses ahead of the car & made them drive the car while he sat in the car. He was just unaware of what the car was & how powerful it was. He didn’t knew that this car was having the power of 150 horses & can run at 5-10 times the speed of the horses. It was his ignorance only that he was unaware of the power of the car engine.
Similar to the above, is our situation that we are unable to see our true nature, that we are that infinite powerful soul. Potential & powers inside ourselves are infinite & if we tap those powers in our soul then we can do anything & achieve anything in our life. We all need to introspect & know that our true soul source is having infinite potential. Soul strength is the Inner Strength, Mental strength or Personal Strength which comes into action in our hard times to defeat all such negative symptoms of sadness, depression etc. in one’s life. In hard times it helps in building our low esteem and loss of confidence. When we are passing through bad times, we have a feeling of self dejection & a feeling that we will not succeed in life, in all such times, our Soul Strength comes into play.
Inner Strength is basically an exploration to find our authentic self. Now how we can peep into & explore our original inner self? Here is a great book “Bhagwat Gita” which is a reservoir of all such questions. “Bhagwat Gita”, time & again tells us that we have a Soul inside our human body & this Soul has infinite potential. As this Soul of ours is a spark of the Infinite all powerful, all pervasive Universal Soul, so it’s powers are also limit less. This Soul present inside our human body, in fact gives strength to our mind to carry out all difficult tasks. Believing in oneself is nothing but believing in one’s inner Soul. All fountains of knowledge & strength come out of this inner Soul only.
In Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 18, God himself tells that :
“jyotisam api taj jyotis
tamasah param ucyate
jnanam jneyam jnana-gamyam
hridi sarvasya visthitam” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 18)
“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is un-manifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart.”
So God is situated in everyone’s heart & gives strength, knowledge & guidance to every human being. So if we have faith in God, faith in our inner Soul then we shall get all the power & Inner Strength to get out of all our adversities.
So let’s look inside ourselves so that we can come in touch with our real self (Soul) from where emerges all our Inner Strength. Be yourself & be proud of yourself, as your original self is part & parcel of the Universal Self (God) & with His grace you shall come out of all the adverse circumstances. So have devotion in God & it shall strengthen your mind to face all the challenges of Life.
“OM” is the mystical word which is uttered during Hindu religious practices. This is considered a very holy & auspicious word. What is the meaning of “Om”? How chanting of Om is beneficial to one’s body, mind & soul?
In literal sense:
“Om” is the Sound symbol that represents God. If you want to express God in the form of sound, you should utter this mystical sound “Om”. In Bhagwat Gita Lord Sri Krishna says that:
“maharsinam bhrgur aham
giram asmy ekam aksharam
yajnanam japa-yajno ’smi
sthavaranam himalayah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 25)
“Sri Krishna said: Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; Of Vibrations / Sounds, I am the transcendental Om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.”
Before the creation God was one without a second. Then He wanted to become many. At such a thought of God, a vibration came into existence which took the form of sound Om. This vibrational sound Om became the basis of all creation. This primeval sound Om is nothing but another form of God which is recited in religious practices.
When you repeatedly chant this sound Om it gives peace of mind & gives energy to the body. Chanting it elevates the depressed mood of a person. Meditating on it while chanting it lifts our consciousness to the Godly state where peace & happiness comes to our body, mind & soul.